US: 19-year-old Johnstown man died in Afghanistan

A 19-year-old man from Johnstown died Thursday in Afghanistan, according to the U.S. Department of Defense Pfc. Joshua Mikeasky, 19, died at Bagram Airfield, Bagram District, Parwan Province, Afghanistan, from a non-combat related incident, the DOD said in a news release. The incident is under investigation.

The soldier served as a health care specialist.

Pfc. Mikeasky was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, in Fort Drum, New York.

Maj. Gen. Walter E. Piatt, senior commander of Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division, did not yet have details about the incident.

In October, Pfc. Mikeasky’s unit arrived in Afghanistan, where it is supporting NATO’s Resolute Support mission and the U.S.-led Operation Freedom’s Sentinel training and advising Afghan security forces.

Pfc. Mikeasky joined the Army in September 2017 and followed Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training.

His awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, the NATO Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.

He is survived by his mother and father.

Pfc. Mikeasky is the 15th American service member to die in Afghanistan in 2018.